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XPRIZE Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Speak for yourself and not the rest of us (please)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not sure where the negative feedback is coming from? because from my own personal experience, as well as hearing from all of my fellow team members, we are very pleased and excited with the CEO and the new structure and direction. clearly someone is scorned here potentially, because the comments don't really add up. The CEO has an open door policy and i've used it and it exceeded my expectations. the energy is positive. the work is rewarding. and it feels like we are being led with integrity, fairness, and toward our mission. We are coming off an amazing 7 months since the CEO started and many of us who have been with the foundation for a while feel that the last 6 months were actually the most invigorating and positive.

    Cons

    it is a lot of change at once. we needed it. the new CEO with other key leads are driving us into the right and needed direction. for scale of impact. with strategy and more discipline. change is hard as it is more than we have ever changed before. this includes a significant restructuring that creates anxiety. ive felt it as well. but its very transparent. but some people can handle change more than others so its clear that it can take a toll. not for everyone if you are risk adverse and prefer static environments.

    Advice to Management

    keep your chin up. you are a strong leader and we do see that in you. we are not naive to the challenge of coming into a new culture and driving change so quickly. we need it if we are to make our impact and "grow up". your efforts are appreciated. your style if fair but firm and although people tend to post more negative vs. positive, just know that the overall feeling around the foundation is exactly what you are hearing and seeing day to day - good positive momentum and attitudes. Not just for you the CEO's efforts, but really seeing this across the mgmt team and throughout.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "It will not change. It has not changed since day one. Leave!!!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at XPRIZE full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people that run this company will never change. Run don't walk. I am sorry you have wasted your time, you will look back on this experience and wish you never had it. Pathetic.

    Cons

    Too many cons. Ego, horrible management, horrible place to work. Waste of life, fake, false...deceiving. it amazes me that ignorant rich people support such a horribly run company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how pathetic you are. Go on vacation to another resort. Leave your clothes behind like usual and be free. Stop ruining other people's lives....if they are not a bimbo with fake everything.....ha.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Not a healthy place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great company, I believe in what they are trying to accomplish. It truly could be a great place to work.

    Cons

    They hired a new CEO to turn this company around, and unfortunately that hasn't happened. Very low morale, people are not treated with respect. He definitely has his favorites and if you aren't one of them, your life will be made miserable. There are big egos at work here that seem to be more important to feed, than feeding the hard working employees that make this company work. Culture starts from the top, and it is NOT healthy. You can't run an organization by fear, intimidation and talking over people. There are so many things that need to change, but I give up hope they will. This isn't the first time feedback has been given (CEO Survey), still waiting for change.

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs Leadership Training, Management Skills Training, Sensitivity Training, and Anger Management Training (or how to treat people with respect when stressed).


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  5. "Fantastic place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Prize Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Prize Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Xprize foundation has an incredible team to work with. Overall the mission of the foundation is very inspiring and meaningful.

    Cons

    None that I have encountered as yet.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "XPRIZE....The Truth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Mission, vision, and impact to change the world is off the charts
    * Extrodinarily smart and diverse people to work with
    * Great benefits programs and policies to support employee engagement and work life balance
    * Amazing office space to work in
    * A great community of people who truly believe we are a family and as such have a tremulous amount of care for each other

    Cons

    The normal growing pains of a company that is defining itself more and growing into it's full potential. The up side to the cons are that the leadership team is hyper aware and sensitive to the areas we need to get better in and have taken extraordinary steps to address.

    Advice to Management

    As a current employee of the Foundation and one that is in a position to see a lot of the inter workings of the organization, I am continuously frustrated by the at times absolute inaccuracies I see people post on here about the organization. Is the XPRIZE perfect? No. Have we and will we continue to have growing pains? Yes. But please show me a company that is perfect. The key to building a successful organizational culture is the ability to know thy self and learn from your mistakes. I've worked in some of the biggest known organizations in the world and I can tell you, I've never seen a place like the XPRIZE is, that really wants to continue to evolve and succeed as a best place to work. But alas, on Glassdoor as in the newspapers, happy news doesn't sell. Negativity and lies do. I am proud to be part of an organization that believes in taking the higher road. A road in which we don't feel we need to address hurtful and outright untrue posts. We know who we are and we know we have an amazing organization. So for those who think that by spreading absolute untruths such as was recently posted about our incoming CEO's selection, please know, by posting such things, you are doing nothing but galvanizing our team to come together and support our culture and make it even stronger. So my advice to the management team? Keep up the good fight. For people interested in working for XPRIZE? If you want to be part of a band of innovators who are trying to change the world for the better, get on board because we want you!


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Exceptionally toxic, dysfunctional place."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time

    Pros

    Seemingly noble mission, a handful of dedicated people who believe they are doing good. Free parking and a lot of free junk food.

    Cons

    Major execs fleeing, including an SVP and the COO/CFO in the last month. New CEO was handpicked by the founder and rammed down the board's throat. The dedicated employees are drowned out by the arrogant, toxic crew of incompetent managers who regularly throw coworkers under the bus. Most of all look at the prizes and claims of the accomplishments. The stories don't match up with the reality.

    Advice to Management

    You need to realize that the "yes" people who are kissing your ring are trashing you when you walk out of the room. They are the ones destroying your company.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Judge all of the reviews for yourself: could a company make such a drastic change in a short period of time? NO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The vision of XPRIZE is what keeps people around. The work that they are doing: helping to create innovations that will make the quality of life better for everyone, is a fantastic vision; knowing that you are working towards something that is supposed to help humanity is highly rewarding. Most of the people care.

    Cons

    It is, in fact, a highly negative place to work. The rash of long term employees leaving, either by choice or because they are forced out or invited to leave, is troubling. People who have no business being in charge are left in charge. Executive leadership is weak, both in the commitment to what it would take to make it a great place to work, as well as in their own skill set. Those who are kept on are weak and afraid and that is the reason they are kept on. The primary culture of the organization is fear. 'If you don't like it, leave' is not a great way to motivate employees.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people for the position, and not because they will either blindly follow your lead or are weak willed. When you have the right person in the position, let them do their job. Listen to the people who have been there a while. Follow thru on the promises that you make, especially when you make them year after year. XPRIZE has the potential to be something truly phenomenal: don't screw it up.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "The Majority of Us LOVE XPRIZE!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Joe Employee in Culver City, CA
    Current Employee - Joe Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location and office space.
    Flex work schedule with telecommuting options.
    Awesome benefits.
    Generous salary.
    Team Council.
    Peer-to-peer bonus program.
    Stocked kitchen.
    Great mission - we really are trying to change the world, oh...and it's working.

    Cons

    The small - very small - number of negative and disgruntled employees. They are SMALL but LOUD. They have been provided multiple avenues of communication (both in person and anonymous), but they seem more comfortable posting on a review site. If they really want to see change, they would be more professional and address it head on, rather than choose a cowardly path. And sadly, they what they say isn't even accurate. If they are going to come here and trash this amazing company, at least be honest. Oh wait. That wouldn't work - because there wouldn't be anything negative to say.

    If they are so unhappy, really, they should leave. Be part of the solution, or get off the train. The rest of us are excited to move forward, upward, and onward.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership team is to be commended for constantly placing themselves in the line of fire. As one said in an all staff, "We are building the airplane and flying it at the same time," well...that is TRUE. And it comes with growing pains and is sometimes a slow process. A lot of us are in it for the long haul, and we are very patient.

    Somebody said in another post that "no change" has happened. Not true and a blatant lie. Since they first announced the survey, we have been give a flex time policy, a telecommuting policy, a peer-to-peer bonus program, and more. Perhaps they are so busy gossiping and complaining, and conspiring, that they did not notice.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "X MARKS THE SPOT!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hermitage, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hermitage, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE (Less than a year)

    Pros

    all good people and company...they care

    Cons

    THERE ARE NO CONS NONE

    Advice to Management

    im impressed with all the organization


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Positive reviews are fake"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at XPRIZE full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pros are that company sponsors are high profile
    . Google. Government agencies... They should be embarrassed to be associated with X Prize.

    Cons

    Horrible management and extremely poor employee reviews. Awful place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep playing the game and hide the fact that you are robbing people blind. Enjoy your porn, money and perks.


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